Friday Faves: Why Teens Need a Good Night’s Sleep, How Walking Boosts Creativity, and More!

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TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. There seems to be an endless list of benefits of a good night’s sleep, and a recent study from the Preventive Medicine journal discovered a new one. According to an article on Huffington Post, teens who get less than five hours of sleep are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as fighting, smoking, and drinking alcohol. It also increases the likelihood that they will be obese. For more info on the importance of shuteye, check out the Choices story, “When Sleep Becomes A Nightmare,” from March 2013.

2. On Wednesday, the teen movie Mean Girls turned 10. Tributes to the Tina Fey flick were all over the Internet, but this one especially caught our eye. Kind Campaign — an internationally recognized movement focused on the importance of kindness — decided to promote the message: “You can sit with us.” Unlike in the movie where students are only allowed to sit at certain clique-based lunch tables, this campaign aimed to spread kindness and acceptance to all. How fetch! For more ways to stand up to bullying, encourage your teen to check out the “Which One Of Them is a Cyberbully?” story from Choices‘ May issue.

3. Next time you need a burst of inspiration, lace up those sneakers! A new study from Stanford shows that walking increases creativity. Regardless of where the walking takes place (indoors on a treadmill or outside in the park), a person’s creativity will be boosted higher than that of a person who’s sitting down.

4. In Washington state, a group called The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board wants to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21. According to TIME, the board’s chairman believes that raising the age will help prevent teens from starting to smoke in the first place. Do you think raising the legal age for cigarettes will curb kids’ smoking habits? Tell us in the comments.

5. Stories of “promposals”—or high schoolers asking their dates to prom in elaborate ways—have been going viral lately. This heartwarming prom story blows all of those out of the water! Austin Dennison, a senior in Ohio, decided to take his 89-year-old great-grandmother to prom, because she couldn’t afford to go back when she was a teen. She picked out a new dress and had an unforgettable night with her great-grandson.

Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in the comments below!

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